Garrett Lane, Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, M29 7EY


Garrett Hall Primary School

Dream and Believe, Learn and Achieve...


Our Spring Term topic in Year 1 is.... Zoom to the Moon!


To view and download our curriculum map and suggested activities for Autumn please click here 

To view and download our curriculum map and suggested activities for Spring please click here 


In Year One children will read their individual reading books once per week with the class teacher or teaching assistant. Sometimes children may also read as part as an intervention or with a parent helper, student or volunteer. Children will bring two books home per week. Please try to read at least 3 times a week at home.


Guided Reading

Children will also take part in a daily guided reading carousel whereby they will do handwriting/spelling, phonics activities, guided reading with an adult, computer work and a follow up task. 


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In Year One our PE days are as follows:

Miss Davies: Wednesday and Friday

Mrs Chambers: Wednesday and Friday


Please ensure that PE kits are left in school everyday and that all kit including pumps are named. Thank you. 


In English this term we will be focusing on lots of different space themed texts such as 'Man on the Moon' and 'The Hackney Martian' we will be...

  • Writing sentences using full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, question marks and exclamation marks. 
  • Writing letters to an alien. 
  • Sending and receiving postcards to and from an alien.
  • Creating a set of instructions about how to look after an alien.
  • Writing diary entries 
  • Creating 'Wanted' posters about two cheeky aliens.
  • Creating new characters and problems for a story.
  • Using story maps to tell stories.
  • Writing our own versions of a story based on those that we have read. 



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In Maths in Spring we will be focusing on: 

  • Length and height
  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • Place value (within 50)
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Measures/Money
  • Weight and volume



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Spellings will be given out every Tuesday. The children will then do their spelling test the following Monday. Children will usually have 10 spellings to learn and will have have a sheet of spellings stuck into their spellings book, with room to practise throughout the week. Spellings will consist of a mixture of phase 2-5 tricky words, Year 1 common exception words and words that follow certain rules and spelling patterns. 

Being able to apply the spelling pattern in writing is just as important as getting 10/10! 

Common Exception Words

Below are the Year 1 Common Exception words that children should be able to read by sight and spell by the end of Year 1

Year 1 Team


Mrs Chambers

Miss Davies

Mrs Totty


Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Glover (Mon-Weds)

Mrs Hughes (Thurs-Fri)

Mrs Barry (Mornings Mon-Fri Afternoons Tue-Thu) 



Mrs Lamb

Mrs King


This term in Computing we will be:

  • Learning what an algorithm is by building models using construction materials e.g. Lego, muktilink etc.
  • Following and creating simple instructions on the computer.
  • Investigating how the order of instructions affects the result.
  • Learning how to use simple direction keys.
  • Learning how to create and debug a set of instructions (algorithm).
  • Learning how to extend and change an algorithm.
  • Setting challenges for each other.
  • Sorting items using a range of criteria both practically and on the computer.
  • Finding examples of where technology is being used in the local community.
  • Recording examples of technology outside school.


This term in RE we will be:

  • Drawing what we think God is/is like.
  • Looking at art and listening to music that expresses peoples ideas about God.
  • Exploring symbols and images that are used to express ideas about God.
  • Creating ‘The Creation Story’ as a little booklet.
  • Writing questions that the children would like to ask God.
  • Designing an Easter egg and writing about why we give eggs.
  • Exploring and sorting symbols of Easter.
  • Writing a message for Jesus on a palm leaf.
  • Writing and illustrating the Easter story.


This term in History we will be:

  • Learning and writing about Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing.
  • Creating timelines.
  • Learning about Tim Peake.
  • Comparing Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong.
  • Packing a suitcase as though they are Neil Armstrong or Tim Peake.


This term in Geography we will be:

  • Learning about and labelling the four countries in the UK and its surrounding seas on a map.
  • Learning about and labelling the four capital cities in the UK on a map.
  • Learning about and naming the seven continents of the world.
  • Learning about and naming the oceans of the world.
  • Learning about the location of hot and cold countries around the world.


This term in Art we will be:

  • Learning about sculpture artists and their work.
  • Creating a clay nature/spring sculpture to link with our science work.


This term in D&T we will be:

  • Exploring and learning different joining techniques and creating a rocket using different materials.


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Homework is in the style of a 'Pick n Mix'.  The children are given one sheet at the beginning of the term that contains lots of different activities that can be completed independently or with an adult.  Homework is only returned at the end of the term when we have a celebration day.  On this day the children will get to show all the tasks they have completed to the rest of the year group and also Year 2.  There are lots of activities to choose from, we just ask that at least 10 of them are completed over the term.  We try to make homework as fun as possible to engage all children!  

 Children have also been given logins for Purple Mash and this can be accessed at any time.  Login cards are stuck into the back of each child's homework book.  


Summer Term Pick & Mix Homework 

Spring events

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  • Space day- painting and printing, tasting astronaut foods, looking for and making aliens and much more! 13th January 2020.
  • Spaceman in school! 7th February 2020
  • Valentines disco 13th February 2020
  • Year 1 class assembly week beg 16th March 2020 (date TBC)
  • Homework celebration 27th March 2020
  • Parent's Evening 30th & 31st March 2020


  • Please remember to check Seesaw and our school Facebook page for updates, reminders, letters and photographs.


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This term in Science we will be learning about the seasons of Winter and Spring. We will be looking for signs of Spring. We will be looking at the subtle changes between Winter and Spring. We will be keeping a weather diary observing patterns and change within the weeks. We will also be linking our science learning to our Art topic-we will be using clay to design and sculpt a nature/spring sculpture.